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Watford - Southampton
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Saints all but secure top flight status as they hit the 40-point mark for the first time in three seasons.
Watford remain in real trouble.
Danny Ings was the star of the show with an excellent double, but Ward-Prowse's free-kick deserves credit for killing the game when Watford were edging back into it.
Saints' make it eight away wins for the season.
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Deeney and Ings come together put high-five anyway, each taking a chance to have a little rest.
Two minutes remain.
Redmond blats the post!
Could be 5-1!
Che Adams so nearly scores his first goal for the club - he powers past Dawson but Foster sticks out a leg.
That goal has taken the wind out of Watford's sails.
What a mad few minutes.
- GoalJames Ward-ProwseSouthampton
Ward-Prowse does it again!!
He fizzes in a beautiful free-kick from 25 yards. Watford had just got back into the game and now they're two goals down again.
- Own-goalJan BednarekSouthampton
GOAL! (Bednarek og)
Are Watford back in this?!
A great ball in by Holebas causes mayhem and Bednarek puts into his own net under pressure by Welbeck!
Big finish ahead.
- OnIgnacio PussettoWatford
Another Watford sub!
Kiko Femenia makes way for Ignacio Pussetto.
Armstrong goes down inside the box after challenging Foster for the ball. The medics make their third appearance of the evening.
Watford still look up for this and Saints can't afford to get complacent. Welbeck almost gets a leg on some pinball football inside the Saints box.
- OffShane LongSouthampton
- OnChe AdamsSouthampton
Hassenhuttl also mixes it up, bringong on Adams for Long.
- OffRoberto PereyraWatford
- OnJoão PedroWatford
And so does Pedro...
Pearson hasn't thrown in the towel yet and makes a bunch of changes.
Welbeck comes on to salvage something.
SUPER SUPER INGS
- GoalDanny IngsSouthampton
Another for Ings and it's a huge blunder from Ben Foster!
Foster throws it out and just gives it straight to Ings who drags it out the air, makes his way towards goal and whacks it in via a deflection off Dawson. Lethal.
Better from Saints - have Watford had their moment and missed it?
Southampton now back in possession and knocking it about nicely.
- OffWill SmallboneSouthampton
- OnStuart ArmstrongSouthampton
Smallbone makes way for Armstrong - no doubt a change with shoring up this shaky Saints side in mind.
Sarr gets a mouthful from his teammates after misplacing a cross. Watford have to make this momentum count.
WATFORD ON TOP
Pereyra with the corner and Hughes get a voley away which is brilliantly blocked by Bertrand.
Ward-Prose hits a wayward ball in midfield and gives it straight to a yellow shirt. What's happened to Southampton? They suddenly look nervous.
Ings tries to gee his side back into the match.
Walker-Peters shepherds Sarr away from danger and Watford win a corner
Pereyra can't beat the first man.
Watford enjoying themselves now and Southampton have barely had a touch.
The stats show that the hosts have quadrupled the time spent in the final third.
Watford enjoying much more of the ball in the half so far.
The Saints defence look a little jarred having to actually do some running. They need to keep shape now and look a little rusty because it was so easy for them in the first 45.
Trouble for Watford as Sarr is down after a challenge from Long.
Danny Welbeck is warming up but Sarr carries on for now.
Up the other end, Ings puts a little too much on his cross and an unmarked Long cannot get a head on it.
Pereyra swings in a free-kick from the right that causes chaos in the box before Sarr finds the space to whack it goalwards. Blocked by a white shirt!
Watford bright and early go on a three-pronged counter-attack but Saints shut them down.
Watford's best moment in 40 minutes of football.
- 2nd Half
- End of 1st Half
Saints go in after a very comfortable and impressive first-half performance but there's still just one goal in it.
And that goal - of course - came from Ings. Ruthless for his 20th of the season.
Neither side have created many chances in truth, but Ings only needs one. What a season he's having.
Nigel Pearson looks like he#s ready to have a right go at his team during half-time.
It's still all Southampton who have kept up a pretty relentless pressing game for more than 45 minutes now.
It's very impressive to see from a side with relatively little left to play for.
Four minutes stoppage-time added on for all those injuries.
Suddenly it's a summer's day in Watford and Bertrand struggles to take a throw for all the sun in his eyes.
Scrappy, scrappy stuff. Saints still stopping Watford in their tracks whenever the Hornets sniff a counter-attack. Accomplished performance so far from Hasenhuttl's side.
Watford really struggling to get out of their half as some on-screen stats show.
6% of the match is being played out in Saints' third, 27% in Watford's.
Romeu tries to find Long and Dawson fluffs his clearance. Luckily Foster is on hand to sweep up before Long gets his feet to it.
Watford have offered so little so far but string a few passes together here. Hughes whacks a shot on goal but it smashes Ward-Prowse on the face and he takes a moment to recover now.
Romeu is back on the pitch.
Romeu keeps Saints' medics busy after a blow to the face. Sarr catches him with an elbow but nothing malicious.
Bleeding nose and that's about it.
- Yellow cardCraig DawsonWatford
Craig Dawson picks up a yellow card for dragging down Ings. Redmond lumps the free-kick into the 'keeper's arms.
INGS BLASTS ONE IN
Long survives to continue the second half.
Shane Long has two medics on the field attending to a dodgy leg. He looks in some discomfort after a coming together with teammate Smallbone. Studs on the knee - ouch.
Saints denying their hosts any time on the ball at all. They look faster, fitter and hungrier.
Watford yet to have a shot on goal.
Watford finally have a moment or two on the ball but Saints are looking the hungrier side despite their less precarious position in the top flight.
Ward-Prowse flashes a shot from six yards just over the bar. Ings would have scored.
Ings now level with Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Saints were in possession for three or four minutes in the run up to that goal. Far too easy for them.
Watford in trouble now and Saints are back on the front foot on the restart.
- GoalDanny IngsSouthampton
Pure Danny Ings and that's 20 goals for the season.
And it's a great goal.
Ings makes space for himself outside the box and he lashes home from 23 yards into the bottom corner.
Walker-Peters finds acres of space down the right but Watford track back well and suddenly they've 11 men behind the ball.
Ings find Long in the box and the striker worms his way into space before rifling down McCarthy's throat for an easy save.
Up the other end. Long almost finds Redmond through on goal but Cathcart intercepts.
Pereyra's peach of a ball plays Sarr in behind. The winger pulls it back into space in the box but there's no one there to strike it in!
Good moment for Watford.
Deeney tries to release Sarr down the right but Walker-Peters shuts him down. The Saints backline need to give Sarr a yard or three because the Senegal international is absolutely rapid.
Watford have had the better of the opening ten minute but we're yet to see anything resembling a chance.
Not sure either side has managed to string together three passes yet. The slick wet surface isn't helping either.
Nigel Pearson is braving the rain without a long-sleeve coat. Fair play.
Both teams just sizing each other up right now, reluctant to take risks.
Saints lumping long balls up the pitch, Watford passing it out. Repeat.
Vestegaard - in for the suspended Stephens - lumps a long ball up top that goes absolutely nowhere to no one.
The rain has kicked off with the footballers.
By this time last year Shane Long had already opened the scoring against Watford. He scored inside seven seconds.
We're one minute without a goal so far.
- 1st Half
We're underway at Vicarage Road.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
· Watford won only two of their last 18 top flight fixtures versus Southampton (W2-D8-L8), after they were victorious in three of their first five top flight matches against the Saints (W3-D1-L1).
· Watford won two of their 11 Premier League matches against Southampton (W2-D5-L4): 3-2 at Vicarage Road on 28 December 1999 (winning goal by Xavier Gravelaine in the first PL fixture between the clubs) and 2-0 at St. Mary's Stadium on 9 September 2017 (goals by Abdoulaye Doucouré and Daryl Janmaat).
· In the reverse Premier League fixture this season, Southampton defeated Watford 2-1 at St. Mary's Stadium on 30 November courtesy of goals by Danny Ings (78') and James Ward-Prowse (83') after Ismaïla Sarr (24') had given the visitors the lead. Quique Sánchez Flores was sacked as manager of the Hornets following that defeat.
· Southampton can win both league matches versus Watford in a single campaign for the third time, after 1987/88 (top flight) and 2011/12 (second tier).
· Of the 11 top flight matches between Watford and Southampton at Vicarage Road, seven ended in a draw (two wins each).
10 MINUTE WARNING
INGS ON FORM
Danny Ings also grabbed a goal in the reverse fixture and has since become one of the Premier League's biggest hitters.
He has 16 goals this season. Wouldn't bet against him grabbing a few more today either.
LAST TIME OUT
Southampton beat Watford on the south coast in November courtesy of a late James Ward-Prowse winner.
He starts again this afternoon.
SAINTS = BARCA
Southampton look like they'll live to fight another season in the PL and that's largely thanks to their impressive away record.
Saints have won seven away from home this year, which is as many as Barcelona have managed with the Catalan giants having played a game extra.
SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS
Saints XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Smallbone, Redmond, Long, Ings.
Subs: Gunn, Danso, Vokins, Valery, Jankewitz, Armstrong, Obafemi, Tella, Adams.
WATFORD TEAM NEWS
Watford XI: Foster, Masina, Dawson, Cathcart, Femenia, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Doucoure, Sarr, Deeney.
Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Cleverley, Welbeck, Penaranda, Joao Pedro, Holebas, Kabasele, Pussetto.
WATFORD VS SOUTHAMPTON
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The Hornets have plenty to play for as they look to secure Premier League status next season, and while Saints may be safe, they have one of the best away records in the top division.
This one really could go either way.
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